Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Alan Pardew encouraged by desire of West Bromwich Albion players

Alan Pardew encouraged by desire of West Bromwich Albion players

A move back to the north west could suit the Northern Ireland global, who was on Manchester City's wanted list last summer.

West Ham would surely be hoping that inflated quotation is a fee which gets reduced if they are to stand a chance of doing a deal. Do I want to lose him?

West Brom rejected all bids in the summer despite Pep Guardiola offering £18m and Leicester £25m but, with Evans' contract due to expire in 18 months, Pardew admits he can not guarantee keeping him next month. Of course not. Do I fear losing him?

"Jonny Evans is certainly one of them, and he's our captain". Of course I do'.

Arsenal, meanwhile, sold Gabriel Paulista to Valencia in August and will lose Per Mertesacker at the end of the season when the skipper retires to take over as academy manager.

The Baggies refused bids in the region of £25million from rival Premier League clubs last summer and were said to be holding out for £30million. He was terrific for me against Crystal Palace [Pardew's first game in charge, which ended 0-0].

Albion travel to bottom-of-the-table Swansea on Saturday knowing a win in south Wales would open up a seven-point gap over their opponents.

'We need to win at least nine games to be safe and hopefully after Saturday it'll be eight games'.

The need for another central defender was further exacerbated last month when John Stones was ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury suffered during the 2-0 win at Leicester.

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